While your days of choosing from聽Barbie-inspired tulle gowns for prom may be behind you (womp, womp), spring gala season is totally game. Wondering what to wear to a spring wedding,聽garden party or聽outdoor concert? Sounds like聽you need a new dress, and STAT! Call up your girlfriends for a little spending spree as you try on gorgeous maxi dresses fit for a modern-day princess. Between springy floral prints聽and dreamy watercolor聽patterns, we鈥檝e got you covered with 15 spring maxis that will serve double duty for every event on your iCal this season. Get ready to swoon hard.


1.聽Fame and Partners Valentina Dream Maxi Dress With Cut Out Back in Watercolour Print ($255): We鈥檙e pretty sure we would鈥檝e picked out this gorgeous watercolor gown for senior prom in a heartbeat. Between the thigh-grazing slit, plunging neckline and most importantly聽that back, this triple threat in disguise is guaranteed to look DDG for any number of spring formals. Take it there聽with a body chain and sultry waves that will make you irresistible on the dance floor.


2.聽Forever 21 Cutout-Back Floral Maxi Dress ($28): This OMG-worthy cutout dress is proof that groundbreaking floral does exist! If you want to make an entrance (and we know you do), simply style this killer maxi with a statement-making bejeweled ear cuff and some dramatic gladiators.


3.聽Wilfred Trion Dress ($225): Who knew a LWD could demand this much attention? As far as perennial staples go, this easygoing聽(and incredibly flattering) white slit dress is a timeless item聽that you鈥檒l be able to wear for years to come. Wear it for your engagement shoot, Sunday brunch on the veranda 鈥 you name it. Just be sure to steer clear of weddings, unless you鈥檙e the bride-to-be ;)


4.聽The Jetset Diaries Wanderlust Lace Dress ($269): Too much lace? No such thing. Knock 鈥榚m dead on the red carpet at a high-profile gala by showing up in this swoon-inducing lavender stunner. Let the dress (and those pretty ruffles!) do all聽the talking by opting for minimal makeup and perfect beach waves.


5.聽The Jetset Diaries Lotus High-Neck Maxi Dress ($229): Enter the rose gown of your dreams that will straight-up stun at a wedding. Whether you鈥檙e fulfilling bridesmaid duties or are attending as a plus one, everything about this Grecian dress 鈥 the halter style, the contemporary cutout, the high slit 鈥 reads elegant and romantic.


6.聽Zara Long Printed Dress ($100): Coachella, here we come! Do festival season right by investing in this floral cold-shoulder dress that would look best teamed with a fringed crossbody bag and flower crown. Throw a wide-brimmed hat and of-the-moment goldenrod mules into the equation for instant festival queen status.


7.聽Topshop Twist Back Dress ($38): Not all spring affairs require you to get all gussied up in your Sunday best. Case in point: Team this cotton sun-washed maxi dress with sneaks and a cool bomber jacket for a family reunion or a backyard barbecue. Pssst: The peekaboo twist back and side slits make it totally appropriate for an outdoor wedding with a daytime-casual dress code.


8.聽H&M Long Dress ($50): Whether you鈥檙e gearing up for a housewarming party or are attending your younger sister鈥檚 graduation, you need a dress that can stand on its own. This high-neck maxi covered in bold blooms is the epitome of laid-back chic. It鈥檚 sophisticated and easy-breezy, but not boring in the least. Dress it up with chandelier earrings or keep things on the DL with your favorite Birks come beach weekend.


9.聽Madewell Double-Printed Layered Maxi Dress ($168): Calling all busy girls! This sheer two-in-one maxi dress will take you from desk to drinks with a slouchy black blazer and black platform heels in tow. And that鈥檚 not all: For an afternoon of poolside lounging, you can re-wear it as an ethereal bikini cover-up alongside some lace-up sandals.


10.聽Lovers + Friends X Revolve Wanderlust Maxi Dress ($190): For a festival-going getup that doesn鈥檛 involve聽cutoffs or聽crop tops, feast your eyes upon this off-the-shoulder star print dress with a tough-girl edge. You already know flash tats and studded ankle booties are obligatory.


11.聽Reformation Ghana Dress ($218): Usher in warmer weather with this effortless shirtdress that would be perfect for a picnic in the park or your weekly farmers market run. Don鈥檛 overthink it: To achieve an off-duty look, all you鈥檒l need is a vintage saddle bag and some canvas聽sneakers for the win.


12.聽Nightwalker The Fountain Plunging Dress ($165): Channel your inner island girl with this tropical floral print maxi that鈥檚 practically made for a destination wedding in Hawaii. Team the plunging neckline and double slits with a risqu茅 body chain and some playful lace-up pom-pom sandals.


13.聽Zara Striped Dress ($70): Repeat after us: Game-changing stripes will always do you right. When nautical prints feel too forced (and overly clich茅), allow this scene-stealing maxi with unexpected diagonal stripes to keep you on your toes. Pair it with a fishtail braid and some chunky metallic block heels for a stint in paradise.


14.聽Cupcakes and Cashmere Indio Print Chiffon Maxi Dress ($140): What better way to kick off a slew of spring traditions than a painterly chevron maxi that channels serious relaxation vibes? If you don鈥檛 have any beachside wedding invites rolling in yet, bring the beach to you by treating yo鈥檚elf to a balmy afternoon at the park.


15.聽Mara Hoffman Flag Stripe Tie Back Dress ($286): Be it a yachting party, wine tasting at the vineyard or a day at the races, this festive flag stripe dress is a certified crowd-pleaser. Cue the summatime vibes by accessorizing it聽with a floppy straw hat, mirrored sunnies and lace-up espadrilles.

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